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  • JUST IN: The House has approved a resolution to formalize an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. The vote was along party lines, 221 to 212.
  • Republicans on the House Rules Committee, which approved advancing the resolution Tuesday, argued the move was in response to stonewalling by the Biden administration to hand over documents.
  • Up until this point, House Republicans did not have enough support for a full vote amid their ongoing inquiry into whether the president has committed an impeachable offense in connection to his family’s foreign business dealings — but House Speaker Mike Johnson said they now had enough votes. The probe has struggled to uncover wrongdoing as the White House has continued to deny the GOP accusations.
  • The vote comes as the president’s son, Hunter Biden, defied the Republican investigator’s subpoena for closed-door testimony Wednesday. He reiterated he is willing to testify publicly as part of the GOP-led investigation. Republicans said they will initiate contempt proceedings against him for not appearing for the deposition.

White House declines to comment on the president’s opinion of his son defying a congressional subpoena

The White House declined to answer when asked about President Joe Biden’s thoughts on his son Hunter Biden defying a congressional subpoena for closed-door testimony. Hunter Biden has said he is willing to testify publicly.

“I would have to have to refer you to … Hunter’s personal representatives. He’s a private citizen. I’m just not going to get into it,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a briefing Wednesday.

House Oversight chair James Comer and House Judiciary chair Jim Jordan said in a joint statement that they will now “initiate contempt of Congress proceedings” against Hunter Biden.

In 2021, President Biden was asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins about those who refused subpoenas from the January 6 committee. He said that the Justice Department should prosecute them, saying in part “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable.”

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